Minneapolis has one of the best park systems in the country due in no small part to the innovative thinking of the Park Board founders. With environmental threats from invasive species to climate change to polluted lakes and waterways, Minneapolis Parks needs to innovate to develop solutions that support local ecosystems and protect Minneapolis parks for the future.

Over the last century, the use of pesticides nationally has been escalating at an alarming pace. The simple truth is that no one knows the combined toxicity of all the chemicals that Minneapolis residents are likely to encounter on any given day.

Pro Kid is Anti-Pesticide


In a Park System without Pesticides

We need a conversation as a city to determine if we are comfortable asking park employees to take risks with their own long term health in order to perform landscaping tasks. Are the risks to waterways, insects, animals, and people worth it?

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Pesticide Free Parks

There’s no excuse for Minneapolis Parks to continue utilizing pesticides that are known to be dangerous, like glyphosate, where kids play and wildlife forage when safe alternatives are well known.

For the health and safety of Minneapolis kids, to protect pollinators, and to move towards a sustainable future I will work to transition away from chemical pesticides and toward non-toxic management practices at Minneapolis parks.


Pollinator Gardens and Compost, Not Pesticides


What are Food Forests?

We can grow food in our parks and improve the bio-diversity!




Using compost to improve soil and strengthen plant immunity can drastically reduce pesticide use.


National Impact

Our Minneapolis Park System can be the national leader in:

  • Respect for ecosystems
  • Pollinator habitat restoration and protection
  • Organic parks management
  • Restoration of native plants
  • Nature trails and food forests that help reconnect humans to the natural world

Your vote for Russ Henry will support shifting Minneapolis Parks and help Minneapolis provide a model for environmental sustainability to our residents and a beacon for ecosystem respect and restoration nationwide.